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National Call for PODIUM 2024 Committee Members

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Call for Expressions of Interest: PODIUM 2024 Planning Committee

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What is Podium?
Podium is Choral Canada's national biennial bilingual choral conference and festival. This multi-day celebration brings together participants from across the country and beyond who are passionate about group singing. Podium is the top meeting place for Canada's choral and group singing arts sector and community, creating space for networking, mobilizing knowledge through a variety of presentation formats, and nourishing the interest in group singing through exposure to new music, creative performances, and innovative practices.

When and where is PODIUM 2024?
The next Podium will be held in Montréal, Québec from May 16 - 19, 2024, co-hosted by Choral Canada and Alliance chorale du Québec (ACQ).

Call for Podium Planning Committee members
The co-hosting organizations are seeking volunteers from across the country to join the Podium Planning Committee. The committee is a working group responsible for planning and managing the PODIUM 2024 conference & festival. Committee members are responsible for chairing sub-committees (see below), working closely with the Podium Co-Chairs and staff, attending virtual monthly meetings, and attending Podium as a delegate (either virtually or in-person). Choral Canada is seeking individuals who are passionate about choirs and group singing. They are collaborative team players with excellent interpersonal and listening skills. They are broad-minded, creative, proactive and have a willingness to work hard and complete identified tasks.

Diversity of voices
The membership of the PODIUM 2024 Planning Committee will be composed of individuals who represent a variety of human qualities and characteristics. We value new perspectives and original ideas. We strongly encourage people who identify as Indigenous, Black, Person of Colour, Disabled, 2SLGBTQ+, gender-diverse, and intersections of these identities, to express their interest for the committee positions. All are welcome and steps will be taken to ensure everyone feels respected, heard, and accommodated, so that they can be their full self in this important work.

The working language of the PODIUM 2024 Planning Committee is both English and French, therefore a strong understanding of both languages is required.

Time commitment
The time commitment is from November 2022 - June 2024. On top of monthly meetings, the number of volunteer hours depends on the tasks taken on by the committee member.

Sub-committees can include (but are not limited to):
- After Hour Events and Pop-Up Concerts (help plan and organize)
- Volunteer Coordination (lead recruitment and training of volunteers)
- Virtual Conference Engagement (help plan and organize)
- Outreach and Community Engagement Events (help plan and organize)
- Master Classes (help plan and organize)
- Local Choir Liaisons (be lead communicators and supporters for local choirs)
- Guest Choir Liaisons (be lead communicators and supporters for guest choirs)
- Marketing and Promotion (support Podium staff on marketing and promotion)
- Social Media (lead a national team for social media presence before and during event)
- Bilingualism (ensure English and French are treated as equally as possible)
- Technical Team (help manage the Podium technical team; act as liaisons)
- Special Project(s) (to be determined for each Podium)
- Communal Singing projects (e.g. lead and manage the creation of a Songbook)
- Marketplace (support Podium staff on communicating with Marketplace exhibitors)
- Social/Hospitality (oversee welcoming delegates, choirs, and special guests)

Sending your “Expression of Interest”
If you are interested in a committee position, please apply by sending an “Expression of Interest” email to [email protected] by Friday, November 11 2022. Please provide a brief summary of your background and experience, describing why you would like to be on the PODIUM 2024 Planning Committee.

Choral Canada is committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in all its work, and to being fair and equitable in practice. It strives to build diversity and inclusivity into its teams, committees, programs, and services, thereby fostering an organizational environment in which all people wishing to participate may flourish.

If you require support applying online because you are a person with a disability, please contact us at 647-606-2467 or [email protected].

Board members from the two partnering organizations, Choral Canada and Alliance chorale du Québec, and the PODIUM Planning Committee Co-Chairs, will select the committee members. Selection will be based upon the candidate’s expression of interest and the qualifications outlined above. All individuals who express interest in committee positions will be contacted directly regarding the outcome of the process.

If you have any questions about these positions, please contact Choral Canada at [email protected] or 647-606-2467.

Choral Canada’s office is located in Tkaronto, Dish With One Spoon territory and covered by Treaty 13 and the Williams Treaties. We are grateful to work, live and make music on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat.


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